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Hamza bin Ladin, son of former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Ladin, is dead, U.S. officials report

Courtesy ABC News
Posted at 8:11 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 21:22:44-04

Hamza bin Ladin, son of former al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Ladin, is believed to be dead, according to ABC News.

A U.S. military source told ABC News that the U.S. government believes bin Ladin died within the last two years. The source also added that U.S. intelligence played a role in his death, but declined to elaborate.

A senior official confirmed that bin Ladin is thought to be dead.

Bin Ladin was born in Saudi Arabia in 1989 and was one of more than 20 children Osama bin Ladin is thought to have had.

After his father's death, Hamza bin Ladin emerged as a "key leader" in al-Qaida, according to officials.

It is "doubtful" that Hamza bin Ladin was going to be the next al-Qaida leader, but there was "no question that he was being groomed to be a leader," according to Tom Joscelyn, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Read ABC News' complete article here.